Government promises action over surge in refugee numbers

Syrian refugees

Syrian refugees gather at the Calais port, a departure point for ships bound for Britain, on October 4, 2013.

Photo credit: File | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • The people who make the journey to Europe are mostly from poor and undemocratic countries.
  • They pay outrageous sums to gangs who promise to transport them overland from their home countries to Britain. 

Violent scenes of Europe-bound migrants at the Belarus-Poland border have seized the international limelight, but Britain is experiencing a similar crisis, with a huge surge in refugees crossing the English Channel by boat. 

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